I trained as a textile designer in the 1980s at Dewsbury & Batley Art College, West Yorkshire and it has always been my great regret I missed the opportunity to pursue a career in art and design and I subsequently fell into a career of administrative and finance roles at various companies and schools.

After almost 30 years of ‘office jobs’ I became increasingly unsettled and in November 2015 I began to rekindle my artistic abilities, drawing and creating some early designs with encouragement from my partner.

In November 2016 I finally grasped the opportunity when the company I worked for was sold and my role became redundant. Thus my career as an artist is still very much in its infancy.

My work is highly illustrative and much of it so far is more design-led as opposed to fine art, featuring a combination of ink pens on watercolour paper, acrylics on canvas.

I now feel that my work is beginning to take a new direction with works which have evolved on from my early illustrations and designs, such as my recent painting of a patterned elephant. I feel that the design-led theme connects me back to my artistic roots in textile design, and draws on many of the themes that I am personally drawn to.

For example, I am creating my own set of tarot cards with uniquely symbolic designs and also astrological symbols for use on products such as greetings cards, calendars and gifts. Some of my designs may seem a little ‘off the wall’ due to their symbolism, and while these are rather niche interests for me, there is no doubt that these themes do have a broad appeal.

As much as I enjoy incorporating mystical and spiritual elements into my work, I am not defined by them and I actively experiment with diverse themes. I want to create an individual and recognisable style but not become limited by any particular subject matter.

My primary interest is in creating images of stylised animals as I have a passion for all creatures great and small. I aim to capture expression in animalistic faces which some would say is attempting to humanise them, however I see this as an extension of the way in which we connect with art and attribute human qualities to animals.

I am now planning a several canvases which feature night skies, forests and silhouettes of animals in order to explore a new set of artistic ideas – so please do follow me for regular additions to my portfolio.

Enjoy! Any questions, please do contact me.

  • Joined: January 2016
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